Epistle Reading: Romans 1:1-7,13-17
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle,
separated to the gospel of God
which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy
concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the
seed of David according to the flesh,
and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the
Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead,
through whom we have received grace and apostleship for
obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,
among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;
To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often
planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some
fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.
I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise
and to unwise.
So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to
you who are in Rome also.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the
power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and
also for the Greek.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to
faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."
Gospel Reading: Matthew 4:25-5:13
And great multitudes followed Him; from Galilee, and from
Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when
He was seated His disciples came to Him.
Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and
say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
"Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward
in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its
flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be
thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
Saints and Feasts
Onuphrius of Egypt; Peter the Athonite; Holy Martyr Antonine; John the Soldier of Egypt